In the cemetery for thwarted artists
A breach caused by the storm surge
A resurrection: crosses
Rise from the snow like wild grasses.
We are dealing with categories we don’t normally see
Their ghosts paddle skeleton boats through the town.
The floodwater breathes new currents, spins a life of its own.
A 10- to 12-foot storm tide
Where once were steeples, peaks of snow.
Where once were hills, an archipelago.
Liza Katz-Duncan is an MFA candidate at Warren Wilson College and a 2017 recipient of an Amy Award from Poets and Writers. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Poet Lore, the Cortland Review, and elsewhere.